On Friday night, the Washington Capitals rocked the purple as part of the NHL’s annual Hockey Fights Cancer month. The Caps warmed-up wearing the lavender jerseys and matching lavender tape on their sticks. These items were autographed and auctioned to benefit the four cancer-related charities that MSE Foundation is contributing to this month: Flashes of Hope, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Nicklas Backstrom took it a step further and wore custom lavender skate blades during the warm-up, which ended up raising $625. Backstrom volunteered the idea himself to honor his mother Catrin, who is a breast cancer survivor.
Alex Ovechkin’s lavender jersey raised an impressive $4,300 at auction, which was unsurprisingly the most popular item. Jonas Siegenthaler’s signed jersey also ranked high at a final bid of $1,950, perhaps getting a bump from buzz surrounding the Swiss rookie’s NHL debut.
Photos: Elizabeth Kong
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